Photos by Erin Rodick
San Marino Tribune
The Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital recently presented 34 local young women, including eight honored in absentia, at the 59th June Ball at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Due to COVID, the June Ball was postponed until November, making the 2021 Ball affectionately remembered as the “June Ball in the fall.”
More than 450 guests celebrated with the debutantes and their families in the ballroom, which was transformed into a spectacular French garden by Jacob Maarse florists.
San Marino debutantes that were presented at the event included:
Mary Elizabeth Alford, daughter of Bradley and Anne Alford (in absentia); Victoria Holdsworth, daughter of Mark and Amanda Holdsworth; Molly Marsh, daughter of William and Catherine Marsh; Suzanne Moffat, daughter of James and Kathryn Moffat; Charlotte Sohl, daughter of Frederic and Lynette Sohl.
Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital President Cathy Woolway plus Ball co-chairwomen Rita Bristol, Jinny Dalbeck and Sarah Shelton, greeted guests at a reception before the Debutante Presentation. The Program began with welcome remarks by Woolway and Kevin Brogan, director and Foundation Board of Trustee’s chair at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Alexander McGilvray announced each debutante as she appeared center stage. After each young lady was presented and escorted on the arm of her father, the debutantes joined together to curtsy in unison to the applause of the Guild members and guests. The debutantes’ fathers then joined their daughters on the dance floor for the first waltz of the evening as Rembrandt played “Ten Minutes Ago” from “Cinderella.”
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Guild’s current project, the Pasadena guild chair, pediatrician-in-chief and senior vice president of academic affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Established in 1947 by a small group of dedicated hospital volunteers, the Pasadena Guild has raised more than $35 million for CHLA, successfully completing eight Guild endowments in the areas of pediatric eye cancer, pediatric surgery, adolescent medicine, bone and soft tissue research, developmental biology and regenerative medicine. Additionally, the Guild has made developmental biology endowments in partnership with the Saban Research Institute and funded one capital campaign.